#1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
The mission of MIT is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century. The Institute is committed to generating, disseminating, and preserving knowledge, and to working with others to bring this knowledge to bear on the world’s great challenges.
#2 Harvard University
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. Harvard faculty are engaged with teaching and research to push the boundaries of human knowledge.
#3 Stanford University
Stanford University, founded in 1885, is recognized as one of the world’s leading research and teaching institutions, with one of the most renowned faculties in the nation. Stanford studentsmen and women of all races, ethnicities and ages are distinguished by their love of learning and desire to contribute to the greater community. Stanford University offers its students a remarkable range of academic and extracurricular activities.
#4 California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
The mission of the California Institute of Technology is to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education. We investigate the most challenging, fundamental problems in science and technology in a singularly collegial, interdisciplinary atmosphere, while educating outstanding students to become creative members of society.
#5 Princeton University
Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the United States. The ambience of its earliest days is palpable in historic landmarks on campus, most notably Nassau Hall, which in 1783 was the temporary capitol of the United States. From such a distinctive beginning grew something great — a community of learning that continues to evolve, providing abundant opportunities to talented students from around the world.
#6 Yale University
Yale University was founded in 1701 as the Collegiate School in the home of Abraham Pierson, its first rector, in Killingworth, Connecticut. In 1716 the school moved to New Haven and, with the generous gift by Elihu Yale of nine bales of goods, 417 books, and a portrait and arms of King George I, was renamed Yale College in 1718.
#7 University of Chicago
The University of Chicago was founded in 1890 by the American Baptist Education Society and oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, who later described the University of Chicago as the best investment I ever made. The land for the new university, in the recently annexed suburb of Hyde Park, was donated by Marshall Field, owner of the Chicago department store that bears his name. William Rainey Harper, the first president, imagined a university that would combine an American-style undergraduate liberal arts college with a German-style graduate research university.
#8 University of Pennsylvania
For more than two centuries, the University of Pennsylvania has been committed to excellence in scholarship, research and service. From its highly regarded undergraduate, graduate and professional schools to its wide-ranging program of interdisciplinary research and scholarship, Penn takes pride in being a place where students and faculty can pursue knowledge without boundaries, a place where theory and practice combine to produce a better understanding of our world and ourselves. We invite you to explore this great university and take advantage of all it has to offer.
#9 Columbia University
Columbia University is one of the world’s most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.
#10 Johns Hopkins University
The Johns Hopkins University, founded in Baltimore in 1876, was the first university in the Western Hemisphere founded on the model of the European research institution, where research and the advancement of knowledge were integrally linked to teaching. Its establishment began a revolution in U.S. higher education. The university is named for its initial benefactor, Baltimore merchant Johns Hopkins, whose $7 million bequest — the largest U.S. philanthropic gift to that time — was divided evenly to finance the establishment of both the university and The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
#11 Cornell University
Once called “the first American university” by educational historian Frederick Rudolph, Cornell University represents a distinctive mix of eminent scholarship and democratic ideals. Adding practical subjects to the classics and admitting qualified students regardless of nationality, race, social circumstance, gender, or religion was quite a departure when Cornell was founded in 1865. Today’s Cornell reflects this heritage of egalitarian excellence. It is home to the nation’s first colleges devoted to hotel administration, industrial and labor relations, and veterinary medicine. Both a private university and the land-grant institution of New York State, Cornell University is the most educationally diverse member of the Ivy League. On the Ithaca campus alone nearly 20,000 students representing every state and 120 countries choose from among 4,000 courses in 11 undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools. Many undergraduates participate in a wide range of interdisciplinary programs, play meaningful roles in original research, and study in Cornell programs in Washington, New York City, and the world over.
United Kingdom Universities
#1 University of Cambridge
The University of Cambridge is rich in history – its famous Colleges and University buildings attract visitors from all over the world. But the University’s museums and collections also hold many treasures which give an exciting insight into some of the scholarly activities, both past and present, of the University’s academics and students.
#2 Imperial College London
Imperial College London is a university of world class scholarship, education and research in science, engineering and medicine, with particular regard to their application in industry, commerce and healthcare. It is consistently rated among the top five universities in the UK and was ranked 10th in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-14.
#3 University of Oxford
Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world and lays claim to nine centuries of continuous existence. As an internationally renowned centre for teaching and research, Oxford attracts students and scholars from across the globe, with almost a quarter of our students from overseas. More than 130 nationalities are represented among a student population of over 18,000.
#4 UCL (University College London)
UCL is a multidisciplinary university with an international reputation for the quality of its research and teaching across the academic spectrum. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) UCL was rated the best research university in London, and third in the UK overall, for the number of its submissions which were considered of world-leading quality. The RAE confirmed UCL’s research strength with outstanding results achieved across the subjects, from Biomedicine, Science and Engineering, and the Built Environment to Laws, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities.
#5 Kings College London
King’s College London is one of the top 30 universities in the world (2012/13 QS international world rankings), and was The Sunday Times ‘University of the Year 2010/11’, and the fourth oldest in England. A research-led university based in the heart of London, King’s has more than 25,000 students (of whom more than 10,000 are graduate students) from nearly 140 countries, and more than 6,500 employees. King’s is in the second phase of a £1 billion redevelopment programme which is transforming its estate.
#6 The University of Edinburgh
The University of Edinburgh was founded in 1583 and currently offers over 500 first degree programmes, spread across some 100 academic disciplines. More than 20,000 undergraduate students study here and are drawn from all over the world and from a variety of backgrounds. World renowned and well respected, a degree from the University of Edinburgh will be recognised wherever you go. The University of Edinburgh’s success is not limited to Scotland, or even the UK.
#1 The Australian National University
Australia’s national university offers students world-class facilities, including the most powerful computer system in Australia, modern laboratories, classrooms and lecture theatres and libraries that are home to more than two million traditional volumes. Campus living provides students with all the facilities needed, including a health centre, optometrist, dentist, cafes, restaurants and bars, well-equipped gym and excellent sporting grounds.
#2 The University of Melbourne
The University of Melbourne has been an international leader in research, teaching and learning for more than 150 years. Students from over 150 countries choose to study at the University of Melbourne, because of the quality of teaching, learning and research. The University offers flexible and innovative programs across more than 300 undergraduate and graduate study areas.
#3 The University of Sydney
Ranked 37th in the world and consistently in the top three universities in Australia, we are one of the country’s major research-intensive universities and a member of the prestigious Group of Eight. The respected Times Higher Education lists us among the top 25 universities in the world for humanities and social sciences, and the top 50 for engineering and technology.
#4 The University of Queensland
The University of Queensland (UQ) has been fortunate to host many international political and thought leaders over the years, and is proud that this now includes United States President Barack Obama. President Obama addressed a room full of youth UQ during his visit to Brisbane for the G20 Leaders’ Summit.
#5 The University of New South Wales
UNSW Australia (The University of New South Wales) is one of the world’s top 50 universities, ranking 48th in the 2014 QS World University Rankings. UNSW is a founding member of the Group of Eight, a coalition of Australia’s leading research-intensive universities, as well as a member of the prestigious international network Universities 21. Source : www.topuniversities.com